My family and I are college football fans. We live in Louisiana where we pull, with passion, for our home state team - LSU. Both my wife and I are proud graduates of LSU and like many of the LSU faithful we treasure game days in the Fall. And we both agree, like tens of thousands of other Fighting Tiger fans, that game day would never be the same without the LSU Band. We realize that fans across this country feel the very same way about their respective Universities and the role their bands play in the game day experience. (I also have a Master's degree from Texas A&M, so I know all about loyal band followings from my time in College Station.) Our products are more of a salute to college bands and the dedicated musicians that make these campus organizations possible. Thank you for making game day what it is - no matter the outcome or the final score.
The Little Band Man Company was estblished in 2002. We set out to offer a collectible toy gift that captures the spirit, passion and detail of today's college marching bands in miniature. Our miniatures are hand-made and hand-painted entirely in England, home of the traditional toy soldier. Each figure is painstakingly scuplted to detail. Our figures stand 54 millimeters (nearly two and a quarter inches tall), and made of white metal.
If we may borrow from one of the finest toy soldier makers in the entire world, Mr. Bill Hocker* of California, in saying that our marching bands "most faithfully recollect the character of those they seek to emulate. We call your particular attention to the correctness of proporation and pose, the trueness of coloring and application of paintwork, the exactness of jointure and assemblage, the authenticity of grouping and presentation." This is true of Bill's figures and we feel ours as well.
Our figures make the perfect gift to those musicians who participated in the marching band, to those who consider themselves die-hard fans, to those who are looking for that hard-to-find quality gift, to those who live for packed football stadiums on Satuday afternoons. Join us in celebrating a truly American tradition - the college marching band.
*All toy soldier company owners are also collectors. I believe this to be true. I stole a passage here from one of the very great toy soldiers makers of all time - Mr. Bill Hocker. If you have any interest whatsoever in collecting beautifully crafted toy soldiers, as they were always meant to look and feel, I hope that you will look in Bill's direction - www.wmhocker.com. I feel fortunate to have met the man and to have many of his toy soldiers in my personal collection.
Personal College Favorites
- Favorite overall band music: LSU
- Favorite style of marching: Texas A&M
- Favorite uniform: The Ohio State University
- Favorite fight song: "The Victors" performed by University of Michigan
- Favorite tradition: Dotting the i - The Ohio State University
- Favortie historical note: Louisiana Governor Huey Long co-authored the LSU fight song
- Favorite fact: Notre Dame's Irish Guards must be a minimum of six feet, two inches tall
- Favorite place to watch a college football game: LSU's Tiger Stadium (at night)
- Favorite mascot: Bevo - University of Texas
- Favorite fans: The 12th Man - Texas A&M University student body
- Favorite drum major: USC
- Favorite non-musical feature of a band: USC Song Girls
- Favorite non-fight song: "Hey Baby" performed by LSU
- Favorite band performance: The "Battle of the Bands" during the annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans featuring Southern University & Grambling University
- Favorite tailgating: LSU - without any doubt (it is unmatched)
- Favorite post game band performance: University of Wisconsin
- Favorite bowl game: The Rose Bowl
- Favorite college game ending: 2007 Fiesta Bowl - Oklahoma vs. Boise State
- Favorite college rivalry: Army vs Navy
- Favorite college football announcer: Keith Jackson
- Favorite college football television program: College Game Day on ESPN
- Favorite college football team field entrance: University of Colorado - Ralphie's Run